How to Remove Dirt Stains From White Socks

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Things You'll Need

  • Basin

  • Washing machine

  • Lemon juice

  • Laundry detergent

  • Dishwasher detergent

Keep socks looking clean and white.
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Socks are wardrobe items that commonly collect dirt stains, making the stain removal process especially difficult when the socks are white. Stains quickly dull the appearance of the socks, making a fairly new pair of socks look like they are years old. To remove the stains and keep socks looking bright and white, follow a simple cleaning procedure.


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Step 1

Soak heavily soiled socks in a basin filled with 1 gallon warm water and 1 cup lemon juice. The lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that will draw the dirt stains out of the socks without damaging the fabric. Let soak for 1 hour.

Step 2

Place the socks in the washing machine, using a warm water cycle. Pour a capful of your regular laundry detergent into the wash, along with 1 cup lemon juice and 2 tbsp. powdered dishwasher detergent. The combination of these ingredients will lift and remove the dirt stains while also restoring the white color.

Step 3

Allow the machine to complete the wash cycle, then dry if all stains are removed. Repeat the above procedure if any stain remains after washing.